xP & POE – Attack

Attacking is a little harder to nail down. The complexity outweighs serving & receiving, making honing in on the best approach very time-consuming. Here's where I've landed: The input for attacking is really the tough one - what factors help predict whether an attacker will be successful or not? In my experimentation, I've looked at... Continue Reading →

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xP & POE – Receive

We treat serve receive in the same manner we handle serving. We identify the expectations and then quantify the results appropriately. In this case, we break down expectations in FBSO efficiency by conference. We look at how well teams in each conference do when receiving serve (with service errors removed, as these are not really... Continue Reading →

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xP & POE – Serve

To break down serving, we must first identify the expectations and then figure out how to quantify the results. Some may immediately think that because it's a closed loop skill, that the expectations are simply 0. We have no expectations, there's no other force acting on your ability to hit the serve. But this isn't... Continue Reading →

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Question from VolleyTalk

So I got a message a couple months ago and 100% failed to respond, so I'm trying to do it some justice now.┬áThe question is about FBSO Efficiency, Passer Ratings, and Winning. *Because the question was in reference to passing, I eliminated missed serves from the analysis. So here are the 2017 numbers for the... Continue Reading →

2018 Service Error (Men’s)

It's been about a year since I posted, so I figured my unpaid sabbatical from this blog should come to an end soon. I snatched the 2018 men's data, parsed it, and decided that the controversial (if you were to survey volleyball parents) topic of service error should be the first thing I dive into... Continue Reading →

MPSF Service Error (2017)

Been waiting to dive into this for a while now, so let's get right to it. What you see above is the Service Error % in a given set and the opponent's FBSO efficiency: (opp. won in FBSO - opp. lost in FBSO)/total serves. The teams you see as labels are the serving teams, so... Continue Reading →

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